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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Enjoy Saturday's parade at the fair
August 5, 2016

As part of this year’s Johnson County Fair — Blue Jeans and Country Dreams — the annual parade will be Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will snake through downtown Gardner and end at the county fairgrounds.

The parade will feature floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, antique roadsters and more, and will set a festive tone for the final full day of the county fair. Admission to the fairgrounds is free.

Other Saturday activities include:

  • 4-H/FFA project and market animal sale (starting at 1 p.m.)
  • Carnival rides (open at 4 p.m.)
  • Demolition derby (starts at 7 p.m., a gate charge applies to this event)

A detailed listing of events, schedules, fees and directions are available at www.jocokansasfair.com.

Primary results are in
August 3, 2016

Thousands of Johnson Countians turned out to vote in the Aug. 2 primary. Unofficial results are made public as soon as precinct totals are in, however, the county Board of Election Canvassers will convene next Monday (Aug. 8) to review and certify the election results.

A notable result includes the election of a new Johnson County Sheriff. All of the candidates were Republicans with no Democratic challenger, so the primary results were decisive. According to unofficial results, Calvin Hayden received 37 percent of the vote, John Resman received 34 percent and Dennis Hammer received 29 percent.

For more Johnson County election information, visit jocoelection.org.

Apply for the JoCo Citizens Academy by Aug. 9
July 30, 2016

The Johnson County Citizens Academy debuted in the Spring of 2016. It takes as its mission statement the words of Margaret Mead: “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” We aim to support an informed citizenry in progressing the quality of life in Johnson County through volunteerism, board membership, and networking. We hope you will join us.

The Citizens Academy allows opportunities for community-minded individuals to discover what makes our high quality of life possible through behind the scene tours, hands-on activities, and conversations with county staff. Come visit with commissioners, explore the county budget, tour corrections facilities and try out a fire hose! Upon completion, graduates will receive a certificate and get connected to the growing network of academy alumni. 

Apply today for the fall session, which starts Sept. 6 and meets weekly until Nov. 8. For additional details and to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.


  • "I was thrilled to be selected into the first-ever Johnson County Citizens Academy. I love learning and I realized I needed to know more about government; right here in my county seemed to be the perfect place to start!!! I encourage all JoCo residents to consider active participation in our spectacular community . . . This course was a real eye-opener!!!" — Cathy Weaver
  • "One of the sessions I liked best was the tour of Consolidated Fire District No. 2. The session included interesting, informative presentations by the fire chief and the director of Med-ACT. Touring the station, seeing the equipment, and talking to the firefighters were the highlights. Overall, a great session!" — Vicki Denk
  • My son was home this week from Fort Worth and was talking about the next place they move to he hopes will be more like where he grew up. Our children go out in the world, but they still look for the comforts of home, especially when they start their families.” — Mary Guntert
  • “After completing this program, I looked for ways to give back. I chose to participate in the Meals on Wheels program, attended a Mental Health First Aid training class and currently work as a volunteer at the Election Headquarters. I will be forever grateful for having been given this priceless opportunity.” — Pam Boyd
2017 county budget hearing set for Aug. 1
July 29, 2016

The public hearing regarding the proposed 2017 fiscal year Johnson County budget will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., in the Johnson County Board of Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry Street in Olathe, Kansas. The hearing will be broadcast live online.

The BOCC is scheduled to consider adoption of the 2017 budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m., also in the BOCC Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the county clerk by Aug. 25.

Details about the proposed 2107 budget, current 2016 budget and the budgetary process is online.

Horticulture Center Field Day takes root on July 30
July 28, 2016

The 2016 Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Center’s Field Day is set for this Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m

The event, located at 35230 West 135th Street in Olathe, offers participants a peek behind the scenes at the hottest, new plants that grow best in local landscapes, talks with the experts about lawn and garden issues, time to enjoy cool classes in air-conditioned comfort and ice water to sip while wandering the field trials.

Admission for the event $5 per person (at the gate) and includes a cold bottled water. Lunch will be available for purchase during the event. 

Residents can bring a sample of their soil and have one free soil test per Johnson County address, complements of Johnson County Stormwater Management. Check out their website to learn how to take a soil sample.

More information about the field day is available by calling (913) 715-7000 or visiting the event page online.

Add your input to the RideKC Transit Plan
July 27, 2016

Transit stakeholders across the Kansas City region have been working on increasing the connections between people and employment. Johnson County Government is an active partner in these efforts and encourages to input from our county’s residents.

The Mid-America Regional Council will be hosting a public meeting so residents can provide input and share information on their transit experiences.

Thursday, July 28
4:30–6 p.m.

Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
Bus routes: 556, 664

There will be a 20-minute presentation at 4:40 p.m., and the remainder of the meeting will be an open house. If you’re unable to make this meeting, others are available across the region. A transit survey is also available online.